LATEST EPISODE: APRIL 4, 2022

Building on who you are to find the right real estate investments. This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Isaac Bennett.

Isaac Bennett might be a certified introvert, but he challenged himself to get out of his comfort zone and engage people. Then he found he was actually good at engaging people. That led to a career in sales, and eventually Real Estate Investing. Now Isaac is the head of you are: A People Brand, a brand a brand-holding company with four agencies that offer a range of services from realty, to wellness, to alternative investments like mobile home parks, storage, international resorts, and music royalties. His company even owns the rights to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair!”

Listen now to find out more about how Isaac started in sales, and how honing those skills translated to success in investing.

Released weekly on Mondays, The Executive Real Estate Investing Show is hosted by Michael Holman. Michael is an extremely passionate real estate investor who has quickly become one of the most respected real estate development syndicators in the industry. He is now committed to teaching you everything you need to know to succeed in the world of real estate investing. Check out our previous episodes below and subscribe to the podcast

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Building on who you are to find the right real estate investments. This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Isaac Bennett. Isaac Bennett might be a certified introvert, but he challenged himself to get out of his comfort zone and engage people. Then he found he was actually good at engaging people. That led to a career in sales, and eventually Real Estate Investing. Now Isaac is the head of you are: A People Brand, a brand a brand-holding company with four agencies that offer a range of services from realty, to wellness, to alternative investments like mobile home parks, storage, international resorts, and music royalties. His company even owns the rights to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair!” Listen now to find out more about how Isaac started in sales, and how honing those skills translated to success in investing.

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This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Mark Ritter. As head of MBFS, an aggregator of credit unions across the country, Mark Ritter helps bring potential real estate investors to lenders. Why credit unions? Mark thinks it’s the personal touch that comes from local lenders. A credit union will often give face time to borrowers and let them know exactly what needs to happen for the loan to go through. It’s this hands-on approach that gives credit unions their positive reputation over the big banks. Listen now as Mark lays out the benefits of credit unions, and how you can use a credit union to finance your real estate investments.

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This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Chad Griffiths. Chad has been an industrial real estate broker since 2005, and an investor since 2014. Chad has completed more than 500 deals with clients ranging from small companies to Fortune 500 companies, to large institutional owners. Chad shares his knowledge on his YouTube channel, “The Industrial Real Estate Show.” Listen now as Michael asks Chad about how investors can diversify their portfolio with industrial real estate.

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This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Clay Hepler. Clay thought he was destined to be a diplomat in South America. Then he actually moved to South America, and found out quickly that the diplomat life was not for him. So the young man pivoted to the family business—chocolate. And when he met a multi-millionaire real estate investor who was willing to mentor him, he was hooked. In just over a year’s time, Hepler has gotten a foothold in Pittsburgh’s Real Estate market. Starting with single-family, he’s just closed on a 13-unit apartment, and is expanding his portfolio with luxury Airbnb’s in Colorado. Listen now as Clay talks about his early stumbles and the importance of finding the right mentor.

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As part of our ongoing series Executive Questions, host Michael Holman flips the script and brings back his father, Ken Holman for a round of Q&A. Topics include commercial real estate investing experience, favorite thing about investing in commercial real estate, tell us about your best and worst deals, and much more! Listen now as Ken answers these questions and expands on each topic to give his advice, based on 40 years of his personal experiences in real estate investing.

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Tapping Into the Investor Mindset. This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Ava Benesocky. In just over a decade in real estate, Ava Benesocky and CPI Capital have rocketed to the top of multi-family investing in Canada. CPI sets their sights on deals in the U.S., and offers both Canadian and U.S. investors a chance to have truly passive income through value-add properties. Ava bursts with energy as she describes the “Investor Mindset,” basically, thinking beyond saving for retirement. What if you could have a source of income with monthly distributions, with no hassle? Listen now as Ava walks us through her first triumphs and failures, and how she had to recenter her mind to open the door for lasting success.

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With over 40 years of experience in real estate, from management, to acquisition, to development and construction—Ken Holman has had his share of failures and triumphs. He’s developed and constructed over 2,000 units, and his company, Overland Group, has another 834 in the works. Overland develops everything from apartments, hotels, industrial, storage, offices and retail properties--totaling nearly a billion dollars in real estate transactions. He’s also Michael’s dad! Listen now as Ken talks about how he got started in Real Estate investing, and why he prefers new development over acquiring value-added properties.

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Michael answers questions from listeners on a wide variety of investing topics, like the pros and cons of smaller unit apartments, the effects of COVID-19 on Real Estate asset classes, how to get brokers to take you seriously when you’re first starting out in investing, getting leverage, and how various cap rate changes in assets that Michael invests in. Listen now as Michael answers these questions and expands on each topic to give his advice, based on years of executive experience. To the new investors out there: keep asking questions!

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Colombian-born Esteban Andrade knows a thing or two about hustle. As a project manager and engineer, he honed his skills leading teams of designers and other engineers in the auto industry. When he saw an opportunity to help a foreign real estate investor to scoop up properties in his adopted hometown of Detroit, Andrade leaped in. His marketing and leadership skills helped the investor rake in profits, and a new business venture was born. Esteban founded Hesel Media, a lead generation agency that provides leads to Real Estate Investors, wholesalers, and agents. Listen now to hear how Andrade leverages his skillset to succeed in real estate.

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As a Certified Financial Planner (Lake Growth Financial Services in Chicago), Mark Willis has been helping people get a handle on their financial future and build their businesses with proven, tax-efficient financial solutions. He specializes in building custom-tailored financial strategies that are unknown to typical stock-jockeys, attorneys, or other financial gurus. Mark co-hosts the popular “Not Your Average Financial Podcast™”, where he offers up strategies for everything from real estate investing to paying for college. He’s a huge proponent of “Self-Banking,” and today he gives Michael an introduction to that idea, and how to get started with financing real estate investments.

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With more than 15 years of real estate investing experience under his belt, Jorge Abreu has seen more than his share of the ups and downs of the market. And the ‘downs’ have taught him the importance of doing due diligence on sponsors and investors alike. Abreu came from the construction management world, and slowly transitioned into real estate—first with single family fix and flips and rentals. When that took off, he formed his own investment group, and later, a construction company to manage renovations. Listen now to hear Jorge talk about his businesses, how he creates systems and processes, and why doing your due diligence matters so much for real estate investing.

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Whether you’re a seasoned real estate investor, or you’re just getting started on your real estate investing journey, host Michael Holman pulls together five tips that will benefit everyone going into 2022. Michael talks about getting motivated to get started in real estate investing, a few of the tax advantages to real estate, why it’s important to be flexible in the coming years, finding trustworthy sponsors, and not letting fear overtake you. Listen now as Michael gives five powerhouse tips for the real estate investor for 2022.

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As we wrap up 2021, Michael looks back on the question he always asks at the end of every interview: “What is the best business advice you’ve ever been given?” While each guest has their own take, there are definitely some themes that emerge from their responses. You’ll hear Real Estate investors, brokers, agents, and many more weigh in on the importance of mentorship, weighing risks versus rewards, and most important: getting started. Listen now as Michael presents the best of the best from 2021.

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As part of our ongoing series Executive Questions, Michael fields questions about making money during fluctuating market conditions, the risk/reward ratio of storage, and being a guarantor on loans. Finally, Michael dives into a question about the basics of 506(b) and 506(c) offerings. Listen now as Michael answers these questions and expands on each topic to give his advice, based on years of executive experience.

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When Opportunity Knocks, Answer! How An Architect Designed His Own Future In Self-Storage. This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Scott Krone. Scott had dreams of being an architect, but when a professor gave him a chance to lay down his drafting pencil and pick up a contract-signing pen, he took it. Learning real-estate development wasn’t easy, but Scott’s mind for design and analysis set him on a path to success. Today, Scott has transitioned out of multi-family investments and concentrates solely on self-storage. His companies Coda Design + Build take self-storage from concept to construction, where it’s handed off to his Coda Management Group. Currently his companies have a investments in excess of $55mm. Not comfortable sitting on his laurels, Scott is also a real estate coach, and the author of “High Performance Homes Navigating the Green Road to Your Dream Home,” a book for home owners seeking to incorporate green technology into their home. Listen now to hear Scott tell his remarkable story of risk-taking, and how it can pay off.

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From Cubicle to Corner Office: How Two Corporate Drones Found Their “Why” And Turned It Into Multifamily Gold. This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Jenny Gou and Steven Louie. They didn’t hate their jobs. She was in sales at Proctor & Gamble, he was in customer relations and training for health insurance providers. The hours were long, and they almost never saw their families, but the money good. But a few personal tragedies and life changes put everything into perspective. They started wondering why they were doing what they were doing. Soon, they separately arrived at the same conclusion. If they truly wanted to spend time with their families, the corporate world was not for them. Real Estate was—and they dived in with single family properties. Steven hooked up with an investing mentor. Jenny eventually found a mentor, too: Steven! Together, they have formed Vertical Street Ventures, and in one year have racked up nearly $90mm in multi-family investments. Listen now as host Michael Holman gets the details about how they left their jobs behind, the types of investments they look for, and the importance of building relationships.

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Born for Business: How a High School Drop Out Created An App That Is Changing the Real Estate Industry. This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Tj Lokboj. Tj is the managing partner at Holdfolio, a premier real estate crowdfunding platform serving thousands of investors, with a portfolio of assets valued at $552M and holding multiple assets classes across 9 markets. He’s also the cofounder of SyndicationPro--the country’s fastest-growing investment management software solution, helping over 600 investment firms to raise capital more efficiently and better manage investor relations. It all started when the real estate investor became frustrated with the software that was available. So in 2014, he and his business partner took a gamble and created their own app. It was the right decision, and now Lokboj is a rare hybrid of tech startup guru and real estate investor. Listen now to hear Tj’s amazing story. He’s gone from an immigrant who didn’t speak a word of English, to high school dropout working two jobs, to finally a software wiz.

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As part of our ongoing series Executive Questions, Michael opens up the digital mailbag to field questions from listeners. Topics include: Can you really succeed in Real Estate Investment with no starting capital? How do cash on cash returns work? What is a good cap rate? What should multi-family investors look for in a “per door” building price? And—How does liquidity work? Listen now as Michael answers these questions and expands on each topic to give his advice, based on years of executive experience

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This week on The Executive Real Estate Investing Show, host Michael Holman talks with Jonathan Livi. Jonathan is a four-year real estate veteran, having started right after college. With a degree in economics, and working as a mortgage broker, it didn’t take long for to learn the ins and outs of the capital stack and how it should be structured. He lives for all the economic “minutia that other people find boring,” so a jump into the equity brokerage business seemed like a logical step. Now at Buckingham Advisors, Jonathan specializes in finding “interesting sources of capital” for developers. A devout Jew whose family hailed from Iran, Livi teaches Torah Bible classes and even has a podcast called "The Parasha Podcast.” Listen now as Jonathan simplifies the often-complicated ways to secure equity for Real Estate Investing.

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Taking the “Red Pill” On Investing: What Meditating and a Centered Life Have to Do With Making Money? Jerome Myers is a real estate investor in Greensboro, North Carolina. Focusing primarily on purchasing small to mid-size apartment complexes capitalized through Joint Ventures, Jerome fell into investing almost by accident. A civil engineer by trade, Jerome decided to quit his job in the corporate world when he had the “opportunity to lay people off two years in a row” while the company was making a 30% profit margin. “I had a reckoning. I needed to do something different.” Multifamily units seemed like the right choice. So Jerome read up and attended seminars before finding mentors to guide him through the often-daunting world of real estate. Jerome’s insistence on capital preservation and creating a centered life through giving to others might be off-beat, but his growing portfolio of units and investors is its own testament of success. Listen now to find out more about Jerome’s Development Group, and his “Myers Methods” of investing.

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